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James "Toad" Tedrow

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James B. "Toad" Tedrow

BELLVILLE: A good friend helps get you out of trouble, a great friend helps get you out of trouble and takes the blame. Toad Tedrow was a good and a great friend to many. A friendly face in the community, Toad's friendship could have been considered a full time occupation. Always happy, many were drawn to his big heart and fun personality.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 the Clear Fork Valley lost a great friend. Toad passed away in Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness. He was 42.

Toad was born November 10, 1970 in Columbus the son of John and Linda (Goettge) Tedrow. After graduating from Clear Fork High School in 1989, Toad continued his education at The Ohio State University. He graduated in 1995 earning a Bachelors of Science in Political Science.

Since high school, Toad worked alongside his father operating Digital Telephone and Electronics. Toad worked both in sales and satellite installation.

Toad was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes and Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoyed golfing at local courses. Fun and excitement seemed to follow Toad. Whether at home, work, or on vacation, Toad just had a way of "turning lemons into lemonade." He enjoyed vacationing in Mexico, Florida, and taking Caribbean cruises.

Supporting "The Valley," Toad sponsored children showing livestock during the Bellville Street Fair and also held spaghetti dinners for many Clear Fork athletic programs.

A loving husband, father and son Toad is survived by his wife Angie Tedrow, sons Jackson and Cooper Tedrow and parents John and Linda Tedrow all of Bellville.

Toad is also survived by his brother Greg (Linda) Tedrow of Bellville; aunts Lori Goettge of Port Washington, Hazel (Arthur) Koschny of Worthington, Mary Jurin of Marietta; uncle Harold Tedrow of Port Washington; great aunt Shirley Melville of New Philadelphia; mother-in-law Suzanne (Robert) Sorquist of Butler; father-in-law William Bebout of Butler; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Speckert (Jim Townsend) of Bellville, Jennifer (John) Inman of Lexington, Christy Bebout of Colorado, brother-in-law Jonathan Bebout of Butler; grandfather Robert Calhoon and uncle Joe Calhoon both of Butler; nieces and nephew Shelby and Brady Tedrow, Lauren and Layne Speckert, Ashlyn and Brooklyn Inman and Jacquelyn Bebout-Vidaurri.

Toad was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents Jim and Audrey Goettge and Clarence and Mabel Tedrow, grandmother Shirley Calhoon and Maggie the lab.

The Tedrow family will receive friends Friday, February 1, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to benefit Toad's children's education. Contributions may be made through the funeral home, please make checks payable: Tedrow Family.

The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tedrow family and online condolences to them may be made by


Published in the News Journal on Jan. 29, 2013
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